Alexander Zverev has been cleared by the ATP following allegations that he used his phone midway through a match at the ATP Finals.
The world No 7 and defending champion went down 6-3, 6-2 against Stefanos Tsitsipas in his second round-robin clash at London’s O2 Arena on Wednesday.
However, during a changeover in the second set he looked at something in his bag and several on social media claimed it was a phone.
Zverev was not particularly slick about the phone use either. He’s down a double break in this set, so it hasn’t much helped. pic.twitter.com/9aLb8TL1QN
— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) November 13, 2019
After the match he was asked if it was a phone and replied: “My phone was in the locker room. I always leave it there. I don’t know what they saw, but it was definitely not a phone.”
Asked what he was touching, he said: “I mean, a water bottle? Empty water bottle maybe?”
The German has since been cleared of any wrongdoing by the ATP.
“The ATP can confirm that there has been no breach of ATP rules concerning Alexander Zverev,” they said in a short statement.
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